David O. Russell

Dec 19 2013

American Hustle

The notorious FBI Abscam operation provides the premise for the stylized, hyperkinetic period piece “American Hustle”. The characters, however, undoubtedly belong to director David O. Russell, who co-wrote with Eric Singer (“The International”) this heavily-fictionalized, often comical account of the sting that took place during the late ’70s – early ’80s. Russell’s star-studded magnum opus, based […]
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Nov 30 2012

Silver Linings Playbook

(This review was originally published on November 30, 2012 at Reel Film News) Sometimes it’s difficult to explain why a film speaks to you. “Silver Linings Playbook” is easily in my top five favorites of the year, with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and writer/director David O. Russell all worthy of Oscar nods. This beautifully crafted […]
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